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Lin

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I have just taken some leaf springs apart to paint. In the past I have put Teflon tape between leaves but I don’t have any handy. Would it be appropriate to put a light bead of grease between the leaves before reassembling?
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Lin
 

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Hi Lin,
I would be afraid grease would attract grit. As far as I determined the originals had Zink strips between the top 4 leaves (3 strips), but I could not find any vendors selling correct Zink lined springs, so I bought some sheet and sheared to width and installed in the new springs I bought - I haven't driven the car yet so not sure they are as quiet as I hope.

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Hi Lin--

If you cannot find a resource I suggest you start here: > Home - Annapolis Rigging <
I live about an hour south and usually am in Annapolis every week or so--let me know if I can help.
 
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Thanks Dave and Mike,
Mike, once you reminded me about the Annapolis Rigging, I remembered that you had recommended them to me years ago. I went to the garage and dug into my tape/adhesive drawer and sure enough I found the Teflon tape and as an extra bonus there is enough of it for this job. Thanks for the memories…

Dave, I agree with your comment about grease attracting grit, and I am in Florida where there is plenty of sand and grit!
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Thanks Dave and Mike,
Mike, once you reminded me about the Annapolis Rigging, I remembered that you had recommended them to me years ago. I went to the garage and dug into my tape/adhesive drawer and sure enough I found the Teflon tape and as an extra bonus there is enough of it for this job. Thanks for the memories…

Dave, I agree with your comment about grease attracting grit, and I am in Florida where there is plenty of sand and grit!
Lin
LIN I always used Coppa Slip worked great
 
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